Maddie found a note from a boy in her locker today. He has a crush on her. I'm experiencing 2 opposite emotions at once: 1) It may be time to revisit my resolve to begin an automatic weapons collection; 2) and this is the one that matters - When a boy summons the courage to tell a girl he has a crush on her he has put it all out there. You could say he is laying naked on the freeway. I've been there. It is horrifying. Maddie, if she chose, could crush him. Instead she wrote a nice note. She mentioned she was flattered, but the feelings are not the same. She would like to be friends. She resisted my council to say "plus I'm 10 and my Dad is not afraid to go back to prison." For different reasons I am proud of both them.